The usual way that a home build or home renovation project gets done is to start by working with a designer to create the home designs and then the full architectural plans. Then you put the project out to bid and contractors compete to do the work.
A design-build contractor does the whole thing. From day one they work with you until you move into your new home.
What are the Advantages of the Design Build Process?
A design-build contractor takes care of EVERYTHING. From your initial home design consultation to the architectural plans, to color selection to building, framing, drywall, painting – the whole process.
This means that responsibility is put in ONE PLACE. Have you ever had the experience of working with multiple contractors and had them blaming each other for the problems you are having? Or a contractor blaming the designer for not designing it right and the designer is blaming the contractor for not building it right? I have certainly seen this and it isn’t pretty.
So get it all done under one roof! Or more specifically, under one person’s responsibility. There is a world of difference between having one person who takes responsibility for the whole show and having different people taking responsibility for random little bits of the contract.
You wouldn’t have an army without a general right? You wouldn’t have a team without a coach? So why have a bunch of little teams tackling your job who could just end up fighting with each other! Talk about dropped balls.
Responsibility All in One Place with Design and Build
A complete in-house design build process means that you always know who to go to if you ever have a problem or a concern. And if you have a contractor with a complete team then he (or she) will be very interested in making sure everything runs smoothly.
If you don’t have that person who takes responsibility for everything running smoothly then guess what? TAG you’re it! Have you ever run 5 different sub-trades before? Then hire a pro!
Home Design Quality Improves with a Design-Build Contractor
Quality, quality, quality. This is one of the great advantages of having home design services included when you use a design-build contractor.
When the contractor and designer are working hand in hand you can get an agreement on the level of quality and efficient pricing right from the beginning. When they don’t work together then the contractor may try to get away with less quality.
Think about this, if you are a sub-trade and only have to do your one little part of the contract you want to get in and out as fast as possible and do as little extra stuff as you can get away with. Even if you are a good, upstanding worker you will be tempted to cut corners.
But if it’s your company, your design, and your name all over the project you are going to want the highest quality possible! If you are taking pride in it from start to finish then you’ll do it right.
Choosing a design build contractor means basically this: someone will look after the whole job. From start to finish there is one person who will handle it all, and make sure that you get just exactly what you started out wanting in the first place.
And isn’t that the point of getting the job done in the first place?
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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